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When you’re in a car or trucking accident in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida, you may have a lot of worries. You may worry how you’ll pay for repairs, whether your insurance rates will go up, and whether your injuries will be serious. One thing you may not be worried about is identity theft or fraud. However, these are also issues you should consider.

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Unfortunately, a small number of people target individuals who have been involved in traffic accidents. In some cases, fraudsters will stage a minor accident and gather information at the scene of the accident in order to steal someone’s identity. In other cases, fraudsters will take advantage of drivers who have been an accident by overcharging for basic services or by defrauding them in other ways.

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Last week, we looked at preventative measures you can take to protect your finances before a truck accident affects your life in Hollywood or South Florida. But what happens if you didn’t have the time to implement that advice and now find yourself injured because of a traffic accident?

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The injuries sustained in an accident involving a big rig, tractor trailer, or other commercial vehicle can be very serious. If your finances aren’t ready for the medical bills, lost wages, property damages, car repair costs, and other expenses, you will need to be proactive. Here are a few things you can do:

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Drivers are at risk for car and truck accidents in Hollywood, South Florida, and across the country. Each hundreds of thousands of people are injured in traffic collisions.

Being in a trucking accident is devastating. You are passenger vehicle has very little chance against a tractor-trailer, big rig, or other large vehicle. No matter who has been at fault in the accident, you may find yourself facing severe and even long-term injuries.

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A truck accident in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida is likely to result in serious physical injuries. Each year, accidents involving tankers, 18 wheelers, and other large commercial vehicles result in amputations, brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, fatalities, and other losses. While many of the physical injuries of trucking accidents can be visually obvious, however, many people who survive these crashes also suffer other, less obvious injuries.

Emotional trauma is a serious potential consequence of any serious roadway accident in Hollywood or South Florida. Unfortunately, this type of injury is often overlooked because the symptoms may not be obvious and because it can take weeks or months for the signs of trauma to become obvious.

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Trucking accidents in Hollywood and the rest of South Florida are always devastating. However, if you’re in a passenger car when your accident occurs you may be protected by your seatbelt and by the glass, seats, and metal around you. Unfortunately, if you’re a pedestrian or bicyclist in Miami, Hollywood, or anywhere else in South Florida and are struck by a commercial truck, the results can be much more distressing.

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Passenger cars offer scant protection against a fully loaded big rig or tractor-trailer – which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. For bicyclists or pedestrians, however, there is often no protection. Unfortunately, pedestrians and bicyclists in South Florida have a high rate of injury – more so than in other parts of the country. In fact, South Florida in past years has had the unfortunate distinction of ranking number one in the country for pedestrian and bicycle accidents.

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Car and truck accidents in Hollywood and across South Florida happen every year. You may hear about them on the news, or read about them on your social media feed. But what happens when those truck accidents hit closer to home? What can you do if someone you love has been involved in a truck accident and has suffered a severe or life-threatening injury?

In many cases, it can be difficult to know what to do. You may not have known anyone else who has been severely injured and you may worry about saying the wrong thing. You may care about the person who has been injured and you may want to support them, but how can you do that?

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Trucks have to share the road not only with other vehicles but also with pedestrians and bicyclists. It can be especially dangerous at intersections in cities, where there are multiple users of the road all heading in different directions. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents involving trucks happen all too often in crosswalks and on intersections in Hollywood and other South Florida cities.

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These types of pedestrian-truck accidents can be especially devastating. The size of the truck is simply no match for a pedestrian, and fatalities as well as permanent injury are all too common in these types of crashes. According to FDOT, everyone has a responsibility to prevent pedestrian accidents. Truck drivers, passenger car drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists all need to be aware that:

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Being injured in a truck accident in Hollywood, Miami, or any Florida community can be terrifying enough. But when you make mistakes after your accident, your situation can get even scarier. When you make mistakes in a traffic accident situation, you may end up hurting your case and this means you may end up with less compensation than you deserve, possibly not leaving you with enough for medical care and daily expenses.

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Don’t let this happen to you. Here are the top mistakes attorneys see people make after a roadway accident:

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Trucking collisions in Hollywood, Miami, and other South Florida cities can be extremely expensive. That’s why you might be relying on your insurance to help cover your costs after a collision. Even with excellent coverage, though, you might find yourself worried about money. For many people in this situation, financial distress is just as much of an issue as physical pain stemming from injuries.

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Being in a trucking collision in South Florida can result in a lot of pain. Whether you have suffered a fracture, head injury, or a serious back injury, you could be facing weeks, months, or even a lifetime of serious pain, medical treatments, and more.

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Physical pain may not be the only type of pain you’re feeling, though. Many people also experience financial distress and financial pain after a trucking collision. This is because in addition to the upset and physical suffering you may experience, being seriously injured in a roadway crash can also result in a number of unexpected medical expenses and other costs.

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